Science, Policy and Development in Africa
Since gaining political independence
in the 1950s, science has rapidly become a prerequisite for national development within many African nations. Supported by
international agencies, such as UNESCO, initiatives were taken to direct Africa on the road of scientific development, enabling
contributions to world science and significant progress in many specific research areas. However, from a developmental perspective
there remains the question of how science influences national development plans and strategies. How far are science policies
integrated into the national development plans? What potential and challenges do science and technology pose for Africa and
its prospects for wider development? Offering a comprehensive historical and empirical study of science in both colonial and
post-colonial Africa, R. Sooryamoorthy brings to light the connections between science, policy and development in African
nations. Focusing on understanding the widening gap in science and technology between developed and developing regions, and
the integration (or lack of) with national development strategies, this study provides important insights into the potential
opportunities and challenges facing Africa in the areas of science.
1. Science, development and Africa; 2. Science
from Africa: historical and contemporary trends; 3. Production of science in Africa: decisive indicators; 4. Scientific research
areas; 5. Collaboration: importance for Africa; 6. Policy matters in science and development; 7. Science and development:
challenges and prospects for Africa.
An historical and empirical study of science in Africa, bringing to light connections
between science, policy and development.